Upcycled Vintage Buttons Charm Bracelet | TUTORIAL

Monday, September 30, 2013
Whoever thought of using old buttons as jewelry, kudos to you. It's smart. Buttons are like beads, they have holes. The holes make it easy to string jump rings through. Anyway I wanted to upcycle some buttons and it resulted in sprucing up an old charm bracelet.


You Will Need:

  • Bracelet chain
  • Vintage buttons
  • Jump rings


Instructions:
  1. Add jump rings to your buttons
  2. Add jump rings with attached buttons to your bracelet chain
  3. Done.


Yes, so basically all you need is a chain, buttons and jump rings (I also used tweezers to ply open the jump rings but I'm sure there's a designated jewelry makers tool I'm unaware of).

I found a cute vintage charm bracelet on EBay awhile back, that I thought was perfect for this since it has a few charms leaving enough spaces for the buttons to fill. I do want to make it more bulky though. When I find more cool vintage buttons then it'll be nice and full o' charms. Until then, this is what I got going, check it yo.




15 WAYS TO UPCYCLE CANNING JAR LIDS

Saturday, September 28, 2013

DIY EASY UPCYCLING | T-shirt & Lace Headbands

Monday, September 16, 2013
Since most T-shirts are soft, stretchy comfortable material, it makes sense that they can be used to make soft, stretchy comfortable headbands. Personally, I'm not a big fan of using hair accessories but headbands are sometimes really cute, too cute to pass up on. Also not to mention quite useful. Like for working out, to keep your hair out of your face and to cover your ears when it's cold out, least the wide headbands anyway. I always have t-shirt scraps and lace so I thought I'd make some upcycled headbands for myself.

I took a sleeve from this long sleeve tee...


& made a turban style headband.


For that headband, I basically followed the tutorial mentioned below. I've also included other tutorials demonstrating the basic kinds of DIY headbands out there. They are eco-friendly and easy to make. Check them out!


Twisted Turban Headband by Honeybee Vintage.

Stretch Lace Headband by The Salty Pineapple.

Flower Headband by Craft Snob.

Shabby Chic Lace Headband by Little Tee Tee.

Knotted Headband by Sugar Bee Crafts.

Runners Headband by Maiden Jane.

Flowers Thin Headband by The Craft Patch.

5-strand Braided Headband by Make It Love It.

Bow Headband by Made it on Monday

Sleeve Headband by Rain Blanken, About.com Guide

No-Sew Headband by I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar.

DIY EASY UPCYCLING | Alluminum Tin Can Planters

Friday, September 13, 2013

Have you ever tried El Pato hot tomato sauce? If you're into cooking Mexican food, you should. It adds a little kick of heat to any dish, like rice. I call it "Pato Rice". Yes duck rice. Anything with sauce added to it becomes "Pato, whatever". It's a cabinet staple in this household.

Aside from the interior product, I've always been drawn to the cute, bold, brightly colored exterior. Those logos, I call them Mexikitsch. When I saw a photo of some Pato cans turned into planters on Pinterest, I knew I had to do that for myself.

Mira, mira! I paired them with colorful cacti...


This is a quick and easy DIY because all you're basically doing is opening, emptying and rinsing out the cans. Followed by making or drilling little holes on the bottoms for drainage. Then add soil with whatever little plant you want! I've also seen lovely tea tins as planters. So don't recycle all your cans just yet, save some and get creative for your plants.


Pumpkin Vanilla Chai French Macarons | RECIPE

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Are french macarons still trending? I don't know and honestly don't care. Whether they are trending or not, they are forever cute and scrumptious. In an effort to come up with my own flavoring I concocted a fall flavored french macaron that is sure to please your autumnal cravings.

For the first french macarons I made, I followed Beth's Foolproof French Macaron Recipe. She knows her stuff, her tips are excellent, you should definitely check out her youtube channel for other recipes as well!


Pumpkin Vanilla Chai French Macarons

Ingredients
For cookies:
For buttercream filling:

Cookie Instructions. Preheat oven to 300° degrees. Beat egg whites until foamy, then add salt, cream of tartar and white sugar for 8-10 mins. Make sure egg whites are room temperature. Let them sit in room temperature water for 5 mins if they are straight out of the fridge. Whip egg mix until peaks are formed and they stand upright.

Sift almond meal thoroughly and then the powered sugar. There will be bigger lumps of almond meal that remain. Don't throw those out, keep them as a snack or crush them further. Add the tea packets. Mix the almond meal, sugar and tea together using a fork. Fold flour/sugar mix into egg mix. *Attention* undermix and your macarons will be lumpy and cracked with no feet. Overmix and your macarons will be flat with no feet. You want a lava-like consistency. 65-75 turns of your spatula will result in the right amount but it varies depending on you. For me about 70 turns was good enough.

Transfer batter to a pastry bag. Pipe out 1 inch rounds on a baking sheet lined with paper. Tap the pan hard 2-3 times to release air bubbles. Let your cookies sit for 20-30 mins at least. If you can give them an hour, even better. When you put your finger on them the cookie batter should not stick to you. It should not be tacky, that's how you know they're ready for baking. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until set but not browned; let cookies cool completely before filling.

Buttercream Instructions. Whip the salted butter until pale and fluffy. Add the pumpkin butter and then slowly add the sugar. Whip until all is combined. Transfer buttercream to a pastry bag filled with a small tip 1/4" diameter, or just snip off a corner of the bag.
Reverse cookie shells on their backs and pipe a small mound of filling on one of them. Sandwich the cookies and refrigerate, covered, at least 24 hours before serving.

Voilà

20 DIY Upcycled Wreaths for All Occasions!

Thursday, September 5, 2013
The holidays are around the corner and they have me thinking all about the decor. Decor is probably my favorite part of it all. I always thought it be super cute to have a bunch of seasonal wreaths to put out every month, like I see others do. I never get around to doing so though. If you're thinking to yourself "hey, me too" well then this list I've come up with, is sure to inspire you as well.

P.S. As I was searching for wreaths, I came across this lovely quote from Buddha...

As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done.

1. Cardboard Wreath


2. Garden Hose Wreath for le Spring time.

3. Cotton Reel Wreath


4. Tshirt Wreath

5. Necktie Wreath


6. Toilet Paper Roll Wreath

7. Hubcap Patriotic Star Wreath


8. Newspaper Wreath

9. Aluminum Can Leaves Wreath for le Fall time.


10. Multi Colored- Christmas light Wreath

11. Paintbrush Wreath


12. Bundt Pan Wreath

13. Sweater Wreath


14. Music Sheet Roses Wreath

15. Fabric Samples Wreath


16. Wine Cork Wreath

17. Tennis Racket Wreath


18. Acorn Wreath

19. Terracotta Pots Wreath


20. Denim Rags Wreath